OGDENSBURG — The IMKE, a general cargo ship flagged out of Malta, which reportedly ran aground just off the Port of Ogdensburg on Saturday has been pulled alongside the port, docking without the help of a tug, according to veteran ship watcher Michael J. Folsom.
Mr. Folsom tweeted he’s hearing winches — hauling or lifting devices — were used to move the ship that was stuck for nearly two days.
On Sunday at about 10 p.m., a tug was called upon to help free the ship, and according to Mr. Folsom, at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, a tug by the name of Ocean Serge Genois departed from Montreal, Québec, to help free the ship.
In a Facebook message Monday evening, Mr. Folsom said the tug is still continuing to Ogdensburg. The ship owners remain unsure of the potential damage IMKE sustained, which may require a tug escort out of the port.
“…it will be there as a safety net if needed,” he said.
The 440-foot ship, which was built in 2010, was traveling to Ogdensburg from Montreal, Québec, carrying wind turbine blades for the Roaring Brook Wind Farm in Lewis County.
Mr. Folsom reported on Twitter that the ship had trouble making it through the narrow access to the port on Saturday afternoon.
“Strong current at @Ogdensburg_NY gives docking ships a hard time. IMKE took multiple attempts at getting into the port today (Saturday) before running into trouble just off the dock,” Mr. Folsom tweeted at 11:42 p.m. Saturday.
Strong current at @Ogdensburg_NY gives docking ships a hard time. IMKE took multiple attempts at getting into the port today before running into trouble just off the dock.— Michael Folsom (@theshipwatcher) August 9, 2020
Those strong currents and precipitous depth changes makes Ogdensburg a difficult port to approach, Mr. Folsom said in a subsequent tweet. The stern of the ship became lodged in the shallow area parallel to the dock.
As of Saturday afternoon, the ship was still listed as “aground,” on MarineTraffic.com
Mr. Folsom tweeted just after 5 p.m. Sunday that no pollution or injuries have been reported. Stern damage to the ship is presumed, Mr. Folsom added.